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10 things about "Can't Stop the Music" you may not have known

10 things about "Can't Stop the Music" you may not have known.
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Tonight FilmOut is having a special showing of 1980's "Can't Stop the Music," starring Caitlyn Jenner, Valerie Perrine, Steve Guttenberg, and The Village People. 

The movie is actually a quasi biopic about the creation of The Village People, the venerable costumed boy band of the disco era.

The 80s were kinder to a few musicals such as "Fame" and "Annie," but some early efforts such as "Can't Stop the Music," "Xanadu," and "Popeye" left critics not wanting more. 

Costing an estimated $20 million, "Can't Stop the Music" failed miserably at the box office mostly because of its screenplay and the rapid decline of disco which was being replaced by hard rock on the charts. 

Still, the movie is a cult classic and worth seeing on the big screen if not for its nostalgic appeal but for its music. Popular songs such as "Can't Stop the Music," and "Y.M.C.A" are featured along with other Village People tunes. 

Here are 10 things you may not have known about "You Can't Stop the Music," from IMDb.

1. The lead role was originally offered to Olivia Newton-John, who turned it down to do Xanadu (1980).

2. Baskin-Robbins had a Flavor of the Month tie-in called "Can't Stop The Nuts" with store signage promoting the movie. There is also a Baskin-Robbins product placement in the movie.

3. The first draft of the script was written by Bruce Vilanch.

4. After the movie's theatrical release, The Village People member David Hodo said "When I first read the script, I threw it across the room. I though it was a piece of crap. It read like one of those stupid old Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney pictures. We didn't believe in the movie, but no one would listen to us! You can only go on for so long being a joke."

5. David Hodo was injured while filming "I Love You to Death". Hodo missed his footing on the scaffolding and fell to the studio floor. His helmet fell off during the fall, and he received twelve stitches to his head. Reportedly, he returned to the set for work the next day.

6. The Village People consist of six members, each representing an identifiable character: a Native American, a construction worker, a police officer, a cowboy, a leather-clad biker, and a soldier. Member David Hodo has said that "Back in the '70s, the characters were chosen to depict stereotypical gay fantasies of the time". The "Village" of the group's title refers to Greenwich Village.

7. The film "won" the first Razzie® award for Worst Picture. It was nominated for every category of the inaugural Golden Raspberry Awards except Worst Supporting Actor.

8. Producer Allan Carr once described this picture as "pure entertainment in the great MGM musical tradition". It was shot on two soundstages at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Culver City Studios in Los Angeles, where many classic MGM musicals had been filmed.

9. Channel Nine, a national television station in Australia, shows this film every New Year's Eve.

10. Despite the fact that the film received a PG rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, there are flashes of male full-frontal nudity in the "YMCA" number. Some cuts of the film remove those shots, as well as footage of a topless Valerie Perrine in a hot-tub during the same number.

FilmOut San Diego presents "Can't Stop the Music" at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 pm.

Get tickets HERE.